On December 21, 2011, Vice Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang and visiting Polish President Bronisław Komorowski jointly attended the opening ceremony of China-Poland economic forum and delivered speeches.
Li said that China and Poland enjoy a long history of traditional friendship. Since the two countries established diplomatic relations 62 years ago, the bilateral relations have withstood the tests of fluctuating international situation and maintained stable development. The China-Poland strategic partnership established by the two heads of state will bring about greater development opportunities to the bilateral relations and cooperation.
He pointed out that at present the international financial crisis is showing deeper impact and various risks and uncertainties are on the rise, posing severe challenges to the economic growth of countries in the world. Faced with the fluctuating and complex international economic environment, China will stick to the overall tone of maintaining stability while pursuing growth, keep the stable and relatively fast growth of economy, maintain the basic stability of prices and at the same time accelerate the transformation of economic growth, cling to the strategic priority of expanding domestic demand, speed up the adjustment of economic structure through reform and innovation and better protect and improve people's livelihood. The development and transformation of Chinese economy will bring more benefits to the Chinese people, make contributions to the recovery of global economy and create more opportunities to China-Poland cooperation, especially economic and trade cooperation.
He noted that China-EU relations have grown steadily in recent years. China always views the relations with the EU from a strategic perspective. We are concerned about the European sovereign debt issues. The EU Summit lately reached a number of consensuses and launched new measures which are expected to be helpful to stabilize the EU financial market and curb the sprawl of the European debt crisis. Europe is the largest economy in the world. The global economy can hardly recover or grow without the recovery and development of the European economy. China consistently supports the European integration process and backs up the efforts of EU to stabilize the financial market and grow the economy on a healthy track. He believes that Europe has the wisdom and ability to properly handle the sovereign debt problems. China is willing to work with the EU members, including Poland to promote the healthy, stable and in-depth development of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.
He added that China and Poland have some commonalities as emerging economies. But the two countries have different endowments of factors of production and economic structures and enjoy great cooperation potential based on their respective economic edges. The two sides should take the opportunity of establishing the strategic partnership to step up dialogue and contacts at various levels, enhance mutual understanding and trust, deepen economic and trade cooperation, expand cultural exchanges and push for the in-depth development of bilateral cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, science, technology and culture.
Komorowski said that the Polish economy is full of vigor and relatively less impacted by the European sovereign debt crisis. Its economy has grown faster than other EU members in recent years. Poland hopes to strengthen the cooperation with China, especially economic and trade cooperation and boost the progress of EU-China relations.
More than 400 delegates from the governments and business communities of China and Poland attended the forum. Companies present at the event are from the sectors of energy, mineral resources, machinery manufacturing, agriculture, trade, transport and infrastructure construction, finance, culture and education.